I say hogwash. You can build a lean muscular physique without lifting weights, without fancy equipment and without access to a gym.
And what’s more… I can prove it to you.
You see, the reason people mistakenly believe that you must lift heavy weights or use fancy equipment to build muscle is because that’s what THEY want you to believe.
Who are “they”? Commercial gym owners and equipment manufacturers.
But the truth is, many guys have built incredibly muscular physiques without lifting weights or using expensive equipment.
In this article, I’ll examine three distinctly different cases where an individual built new muscle and gained strength without relying on weight training or commercial gym access.
Example #1: Hershel Walker
Herschel Walker was one of the top NFL running backs of all time. Yet few people know that we was a “runt” in his younger days. At age 12, Herschel Walker was just 5’3 and 100lbs. But by using a simple routine of push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and sprints, Herschel transformed his physique and entered the ninth grade weighing in at 185lbs of solid muscle.
Herschel got so strong that he would do push-ups with his wife on this back. In some interviews, Herschel talks about doing 1,000 push-ups a day.
Example #2: Male Gymnasts
If you study the physiques of high-level male gymnasts, you’ll notice that many of them are more muscular than some bodybuilders!
You’ll especially notice the incredible back and bicep development on many male gymnasts. Very few male gymnasts lift weights… yet many have monstrous biceps just by lifting their own body weight. So… once again it appears that you do not have to lift weights to get big muscles.
Example #3: Old-Time Strongmen
If you study the pictures of old time strongmen like Eugene Sandow, you’ll notice that many of them have lean, muscular physiques even though these men died long before much of our fancy weight lifting equipment was even invented.
So how could these men develop such stunning physiques? Well, once again they depended on a series of highly effective bodyweight exercises to build muscle and strength.
Verdict: These three examples prove that you can build muscle and strength without relying on weights, fancy equipment or commercial gym access.
And that’s a good thing because some people can’t afford pricey gym memberships. Some people simply prefer to work out at home. Some people don’t live anywhere near a gym.
And some guys travel a lot and need a routine that can be done anywhere.
That’s the beauty of a body-weight only exercise program. You don’t need any equipment and you can build muscle using your own two arms and legs.
So the next time somebody tells you that you need to lift weights to build muscle… point to the hamstring development on an Olympic level sprinter. Think they got massive hamstrings from doing leg curls?
Or the biceps of an elite male gymnast. Think they got such massive guns from doing curls? No way. You can even show them some pictures of old-time strongmen who lived and died long before modern exercise equipment was ever developed.
So to recap, I’ve offered you three individual case studies that prove you do not need to lift weights, use fancy equipment or drive to a commercial gym to build a muscular physique.
Many others have built lean, muscular bodies using only bodyweight exercises and you can too.